The New York State Police Department is actively recruiting new Troopers. And if you're interested in becoming one yourself, you only have until September 8 to apply for the exam. YNN's Megan Cruz has the details.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- It's physical training five days per week starting at 5:30 a.m. for 26 weeks when you're a New York State Police recruit.
"Tough," said Sgt. John La Plante. He's been an instructor with the State Police Academy since 1992. "There's a great deal of information you have to learn in a short amount of time."
You learn everything from how to walk, talk, and uphold the longstanding tradition of serving the public. There are 22 classes, including defensive training. On Thursday, the summer 2013 class of 181 recruits were learning takedowns.
"Learning how to safely take someone down to the ground and also how to defend those takedowns if someone tries to take them down," said Sgt. Robert Hugus.
Down the hall, others were learning how to respond to calls from dispatch.
"They're going to go in there and listen to a complainant just like they got a radio call, try to figure out what happened and take appropriate police action," said La Plante.
There are more than 4,500 sworn troopers, and they welcome anyone to join their ranks.
La Plante said, "We want to attract people of all walks of life."
Sgt. Raymond Jackson added, "We have lawyers, we have accountants, electricians, plumbers, scientists."
However, they all said there is one quality that matters the most.
"We look for integrity," said Jackson. "We look for the people who want to be the best. The people who want to educate themselves and further themselves."
"It's a great deal of commitment, but it's very, very rewarding," said La Plante.
Again, the deadline to sign up to take the entrance exam is Sunday. The exam is scheduled for October.
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